Racial Justice

Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong.

September 03, 2017

Article. By James W. Loewen. July 2015 in The Washington Post.
A critique of textbook and mainstream media coverage of the Civil War from the Zinn Education Project.

Women's Suffrage Leaders Left Out Black Women

September 03, 2017

Teen Vogue

If You Think Racism is Too Political For Your Classroom, Think About What Your Silence Says

September 03, 2017

An essay by educator Sonja Cherry-Paul on addressing racism in the classroom.

Why the Academic Achievement Gap is a Racist Idea

September 03, 2017

Washington Post article about how mass incarceration distorts unemployment statistics.

January 01, 2020

Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half The Wealth Of White Single Parents

February 09, 2017

From NPR Code Switch

Portland Tribune article about breaking the cycle of racial injustice in Oregon

February 09, 2017

Previous and current legislative action focused on racial disparities in Oregon's criminal justice system.

Disparities in charges and fines for African Americans in Multnomah County

February 03, 2017

This Investigate West investigative report details disparities in rates of criminal charges and fines for African American residents of Multnomah County.

Portland Housing History

January 18, 2017

A legacy of racist city policy decisions have had a major impact on African American neighborhoods and home ownership. Read about Thelma Glover and the displacement of African Americans in Portland under the guise of urban renewal in this Oregonian article.

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The Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee works to highlight social justice issues and their relevance to our profession. We organize in solidarity with other unions and community groups around common causes. We provide opportunities for members to connect with each other in order to educate, agitate and organize.

If you are interested in joining SJCO, see our calendar for the next meeting.

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